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The Evolving Role of Fleet Dealers

The Evolving Role of Fleet Dealers

Automotive Fleet Editor, Mike Antich, speaks with Director of Fleet for Bill Napleton National Fleet Sales about the origin of fleet dealers, the impact of secondary dealer codes, as well as the role of fleet dealers in today's market in this Spotlight interview.

September 15, 2021

In Memoriam: Bill Gibson — 1952 - 2021

In Memoriam: Bill Gibson — 1952 - 2021

Bill Gibson, director of national sales for ELMS, passed away on August 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla., following a brief illness. Gibson is best remembered for his fleet career at General Motors, where he retired on April 30, 2011, as director, sales for General Motors Fleet & Commercial Operations. He worked at GM for 38 years, which included 21 years in GM Fleet & Commercial Operation, which included rental, commercial, and global fleet sales.

August 28, 2021

Lack of Predictability Fuels Uncertainty

Lack of Predictability Fuels Uncertainty

Learn about the biggest impact of the pandemic on fleet operations, the health of OEM ordering banks, and the collateral impacts from supply chain bottle necks in this episode of the State of the Fleet Industry.

August 23, 2021

Top 7 Maintenance Trends in CY-2021 and CY-2022

Top 7 Maintenance Trends in CY-2021 and CY-2022

Fleet car and truck maintenance costs have been trending upward during the first half of the 2021-calendar year as total fleet miles driven have increased in response to a recovering economy compared to 2020-CY. Prior to this, work-from-home mandates and the idling of non-essential fleets exerted downward pressure on fleet maintenance costs as fewer business miles, in the aggregate, were driven.

August 15, 2021

North American Fleets Sound Off on Supply Chain Constraints

North American Fleets Sound Off on Supply Chain Constraints

Automotive Fleet views itself as a facilitator to provide a platform for different voices from the industry to sound-off on today’s challenges. This regular column is designed to encourage discourse for fleet professionals to let their voices be heard to their peers and other industry professionals. Here is what is top of mind for North American  fleet professionals on the issue of inventory constraints and vehicle availability.

July 25, 2021

LEVC Launches New Telematics Service Using Connected by Geotab

LEVC Launches New Telematics Service Using Connected by Geotab

Available for all new TX electric taxis and VN5 electric van orders, LEVC Telematics, Connected by Geotab, can also be retrofitted to LEVC vehicles already on the road. LEVC Telematics, Connected by Geotab, is centered around an easy-to-use online dashboard for ‘at-a-glance’ vehicle management.

July 4, 2021

Readers React to Passing of Dave Funston of Mazda

Dave Funston, manager, national fleet operations for Mazda North American Operations, passed away on April 1, 2021, following a three-year battle with colon cancer.  He was 61. Funston passing caught many in the fleet industry unexpectedly and they posted their remembrances of him.

May 5, 2021

Volvo Car USA Names New Commercial Fleet Account Manager

Volvo Car USA Names New Commercial Fleet Account Manager

Paul Kasbar was named commercial fleet account manager for Volvo Car USA effective April 2021. Kasbar is based in the San Francisco Bay area. Prior to joining Volvo Car USA, Kasbar worked for Element Fleet Management as vice president, sales, a position he held from January 2015 to March 2021.

April 28, 2021

Manager of National Fleet Operations for Mazda Passes Away

Manager of National Fleet Operations for Mazda Passes Away

Dave Funston, manager, national fleet operations for Mazda North American Operations, passed away on April 1, 2021, following a three-year battle with colon cancer. He was 61.He has the distinction, to date, of being longest reining fleet manager in the history of Mazda North American Operations.

April 3, 2021

Deep Dive Analysis of the 2022-Model Ford E-Transit

Deep Dive Analysis of the 2022-Model Ford E-Transit

The E-Transit is available in eight body-style configurations, including cargo van, chassis cab, and cutaway versions, with three roof heights and three body lengths. The E-Transit cargo area is the same as the current gasoline-powered Transit van.

December 16, 2020

Ford’s Strategy to Increase Commercial Vehicle Sales with End-to-End Services
BMW Growth Strategy to Increase Fleet Market Share

BMW Growth Strategy to Increase Fleet Market Share

This strategy includes a new fleet ordering system for FMCs, an expanded lineup of electrified vehicles, simplified processes to allow dealers to better serve fleet customers, and the launch of a new dealer program geared to small business fleets.

October 21, 2020

Ford's 2020 Explorer: Enhanced Fleet Capabilities

Ford's 2020 Explorer: Enhanced Fleet Capabilities

Redesigned from the ground up, the 2020 Explorer’s RWD architecture offers improved on- and off-road abilities and increased towing capacity. When powered by the 3.0L EcoBoost engine, it is the most powerful Explorer ever.

July 19, 2019

VW's Strategy to Grow Commercial Fleet Sales

VW's Strategy to Grow Commercial Fleet Sales

The Passat continues to be VW’s top-selling fleet model, but changing buying preferences in both the retail and fleet markets are making VW’s growing portfolio of SUVs a strong alternative choice for more commercial fleets.

April 19, 2019

2020 Ford Transit: New Engines and AWD

2020 Ford Transit: New Engines and AWD

Some of the new standard driver-assist features include Pre-Collision Assist with emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and lane-keeping system.

April 9, 2019

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